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North Belfast paint bomb an 'appalling and depraved' attack on Protestant community

A DUP MLA has slammed a paint bomb attack on three homes in north Belfast as "utterly appalling and depraved".

Commenting on the incident, William Humphrey said: "For several years interface areas in North Belfast have been relatively quiet. Those republicans who carried out this attack are seeking to end that peace.

"I would appeal for calm and for condemnation of this attack from across the political spectrum.

“Two young men were seen attacking these houses with paint bombs and rocks, just before midnight last night, before making off in the direction of the Oldpark Road."

Mr Humphrey said he would be meeting with the PSNI along with representatives from the Lower Oldpark Community Association.

Police are treating incidents of paint and objects thrown at three houses in Belfast as sectarian hate crimes.

The attacks, in the Manor Street area, were all reported within a 30 minute period on Thursday morning between 12.05am and 12.35am.

Inspector Robert McMurran said: “We received the first report just after midnight that two youths had hurled an object at the window of a house, before throwing paint over it and running off towards the Oldpark Road. The window was shattered in the attack.

“A second report was made to us around 12.15am in which two males, wearing grey tops, threw a paint bomb at the front window of a property.

"The window was not broken in the incident.

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The scene on Manor Street in north Belfast where a sectarian attack took place in the early hours of Thursday morning. Police are investigating the incident which seen three properties were damaged when painted was thrown at them. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

“And at around 12.30am, a third report was made that front living room window had been smashed at a house in the area.  No-one was at home at the time.

“While no-one was hurt in any of the incidents, the residents were left shocked by what happened. 

"We are treating all three as sectarian hate crimes.

“I would appeal to anyone who saw these two males in the area or any suspicious activity at the time the incidents took place, to get in touch with us on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference number 12 of 9/8/18.”

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The house that was attacked in Summer Street in the Oldpark area of north Belfast

The incident comes just over a week after loyalist paramilitaries forced a grieving mother, whose son died only days before, out of her home in the Oldpark Road area.

It is believed the UFF threatened the woman and ordered her to leave her home. Hours later her home was attacked and the windows smashed.

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